9 Best free video capture software

If you are looking for free video capture software that does similar to the professional programs, you come to the right place. Here I have listed the popular but free screen capture software. Whether you want to capture your computer screen activities for training or presentations purpose or create your own video that can be uploaded to YouTube, the software listed here will do the job perfectly. In addition, some of the programs can capture or transfer video from a video camera, webcam, TV shows and internet.  All of the programs in this article are free but some requires free registration.

CamStudio

CamStudio is my favorite open source free video capture software that can record all desktop and audio activities and create AVI and SWF video files. You can capture region, fixed region, Windows or full screen. Also audio sound can be recorder either from microphone or speaker. There are additional features built in with CamStudio such as adding screen captions if you don’t like the sound of your voice, compressing ability, adding different effects and tools that let you to control the output.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7

Website: CamStudio

Ezvid

Ezvid is a free video capture software capable of recording screen activities, browser and gameplay. It also makes slideshow. In addition, Ezvid comes with free video editor which can be used to create slide show and photo videos from JPG, PNG, GIF and other similar image formats.  Using Ezvid you can create tutorials, video product and game. It also automatically records and renders your video at 1280 x 720 HD, optimized for sharp display on YouTube.

One thing that differ this software from others is its speech synthesis feature. You give it text slide and using synthesize speech tool it creates digital speech to narrate your video.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8

Website: Ezvid Video Capture

Debut Video Capture

Debut is one of the top video capture programs you find on the net. It can record video from a recording device, screen, streaming video or a webcam without compromising the quality. It has two versions: freeware and commercial. Debut free video capture software is available only for non-commercial use.

Debut Video Capture comes with many features that make the video recording easy. And the quality of the video it creates is impressive.

In addition to the basic features, there are many advanced tools you find in this best free video capture program. some of them are the following:-

  • Record videos in many video file formats such as avi, wmv, flv, mpg, 3gp, mov and more
  • Can capture video from network IP camera
  • Record video alone or video and audio simultaneously
  • Creates photos snapshots from playing video
  • Can adjust the video resolution, size and frame rate
  • Can burn the video directly to DVD
  • You can schedule the video recording
  • Supports Digital zoom with the mouse scroll
  • Mouse highlighting spotlights the of the cursor and more
  • Can add caption to your video recordings

Debut free video capture software should be in your list of best video capture software. Try it today!

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and 8. It also can run on Mac OS X 103.3 or above.

Website: Debut Video Capture

SMRecorder

Using SMRecroder free video capture program you can record desktop audio and video activities. Also you can record any video or audio on the net that is difficult to download.

Features of SMRecorder include the following:-

  • Record desktop tutorial video
  • Record any sound from Desktop or Microphone into MP3
  • Record Camera Video and saves into .wmv file extension
  • The recording lasts up to 60minutes
  • Multi language user interface

Compatibility: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003

Webiste: SMRecorder

Jing

Jing is simple and free video capture software that can create images and videos from computer screen and share them instantly.

Using Jing you can:-

  • Capture images and record video on a computer
  • Can capture full screen, pane or region
  • Facilitate to share the produced video with anyone through IM, email and share screenshots on social media such as flicker, facebook.
  • The length of Jing videos are limited to 5 minutes
  • Can add basic visual elements

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7/ 8 and Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later. In addition, it requires Microsoft  .Net Framework 4.0 which can be downloaded from Microsoft for free. You must connect to internet when working with Jing

Website: Jing

HyperCam

HyperCam is a free video capture software that can create AVI movie file from your computer screen activities.

The features include:-

  • Used to create regular software presentations, tutorial, demos
  • Not for re-recording other movie clips
  • Support text annotations, sound and screen notes
  • Allows to select Frame rate and compression quality before recording

Compatibility: Windows 2000, XP, Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)

Website: HyperCam

Any Video Recorder

Any Video Recorder is professional free video capture software capable of recording streaming videos from online video sharing sites such as NetFlix. Any Video Recorder captures video, audio and images from desktop activities including from webcam and games. In addition, it can capture from TV shows, online movie sites, rental HD videos, protected DVD movies, video on demand services, protected iTunes rental or purchased movies.

It has user friendly interface, easy to install and support multiple languages. Check out!

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8

Website: Any Video Recorder

Free Screen Video Recorder

Free Screen Video Recorder is full-featured free video capture software that can record screen activities including windows, objects, menus, full screen and rectangular regions. The software has built-in editing tools such as resizing, cropping and rotating.

Some of the features include:-

  • Saves video files as AVI and image files (BMP, JPEG, GIF,TGA and PNG formats)
  • Captures full screen, window, object and region screenshots
  • Easy and self-explanatory interface

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 (32 and 64bit)

Website: Free Screen Video Recorder

Screen2AVI

Built-in with basic recording tools, Screen2Avi is a free video capture software that can create videos and screen shots from your desktop. It also captures audio too. You can capture full screen or predefined or customize based on your preference. In the case of video recording the software has only full screen mode to record. To make the recording easy you can assign keyboard Hotkeys (key combinations) so that you can access a specific command quickly.

Screen2Avi produces screen shots in BMP format and AVI video format. During recording you can pause/restart also has predefined resolutions for YouTube. You will get more help from online documentation.

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

Website: Screen2AVI

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